38 Awesome Facts About Everything You Never Knew – Part 154

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26Chocolate Consumption

The average Chinese consumer has only 70g of chocolate a year while the average European consumer has 7kg.


27. In 1975 George R. R. Martin wrote a short story titled “The Last Superbowl” which depicted the last game of real sports to ever be played due to the rise in popularity of simulated sports. The fictional game took place in January 2016 between the Green Bay Packers and The Hoboken Jets.


28. In the Mexican state of Chiapas, Coca-Cola is easier to find than bottled water and this has led to a diabetes epidemic which has increased 30 percent between 2013 and 2016 and it is now the second-leading cause of death after heart disease.


29. Joker was intended to be killed off in his second appearance after his debut in Batman #1 (1940). The decision was however hastily withdrawn and Joker went on to become one of the greatest comic book villains and a pop-culture icon.


30. The biblical Tower of Babel was likely based on a real building, the Etemenanki which was located in modern-day Iraq. At about 300 feet tall, it was massive by ancient standards and was built by King Nebuchadnezzar II.


31Trail of Tears

The American Indian tribes removed to Oklahoma in the “Trail of Tears” were considered “civilized” and had adopted “Christianity, centralized governments, literacy, market participation, written constitutions, intermarriage with white Americans, and plantation slavery practices.”


32. In war, it is illegal under the Geneva Convention to pretend to be injured in order to trick the enemy.


33. Baron Friedrich Von Steuben, Revolutionary War General, hero, and founder of America's professional military was gay.


34. Conrad Heyer, in 1852 at the age of 103, became the earliest born person to ever be photographed.


35. The “Nigerian Prince” money scam people receive through email can actually be dated back as far as the 1830s, with people receiving letters that falsely promise gold and diamonds in return for money.


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36Mitochondrial DNA

Of all the humans tested so far, everyone has contained the same DNA from 1 of at least 2 ancestors with mitochondrial DNA being traced back matrilineally to a specific “mT-Eve,” and a Y-chromosome being traced back patrilineally to a specific “Y-chromosomal Adam.”


37. The pecan industry's success is attributed to a slave named Antoine, who was a gardener and expert grafter of pecan trees. In 1876, nuts from Antoine's trees were displayed alongside Bell’s telephone, the Remington typewriter, Heinz ketchup, and the right arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty.


38. One of the origin theories of the modern military salute comes from France. Knights were thought to greet one another in respect by lifting their visor with their free hand to reveal their face. The hand gesture of lifting the visor is similar to the “salute” hand gesture we do today.

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